Several far east cables get cut at the same tme and then google announces it's own undersea strategy?
Shhhhhh, I can hear them overhead, pass the tinfoil!
Apparently, Google has stopped somewhere short of setting up its very own wireless network. But its very own Verizon-battling underwater comms cable is good to go. In September, when we reported that Google was preparing to drag a multi-terabit communications cable under the Pacific Ocean, the world's largest search engine …
A googleplexed world
Replace the word "Google" in this article with "Microsoft" then watch the comments roll on in as well as anyone with a continental shelf fining for its usage.
No doubt they’ll be some decoders on each end so they can extract whatever information they like, hideous.
Sorry for the inaccuracies in my comment, this was written after a 23 hour session testing / repairing a faulty transatlantic cable transmission system (yes, I'm sure it was the Atlantic) Perhaps I should do far more research before opening my keyboard!
El Reg, perhaps you should have a pedant’s (or should that be pedants' or perhaps just plain pedants?)icon?
Not to worry, I'm sure some smart arse will be along to put me right shortly!
That spate of cable breakages -wherever they took place, coupled with the US admission that they now have at least 2 submersibles that can patch into optical cable and read everything without anyone becoming any the wiser (including the prezidunce) will give the upcoming generation of users the idea it might be wise to encrypt everything they send.
Which should have a dramatic effect on the cable cutters. I wish I knew a lot more about encrypting and I only visit an handful of sites -mostly forums. It would just be nice to think that the only people who read my rubbish are doing so because they want to.
KT et al,
Don't forget a Geo stationary satelite orbits at 36,000km, so a sat link would mean the data would travel 72,000km - at the speed of light (not much that we know about goes faster than this) that takes 240ms assuming no delay from routers etc, a cable under the pacific is 5,000km so delay is 10ms - quite a difference.
The latency can really slow down your network (Just compare the difference in surfing over 3g vs DSL) - your system has to wait longer to decide if a packet is lost or not causing all sorts of issues.
Anyway 2 questions:
1) What happened to all the "Dark" cable left over from the dot com bust (or was that just under the atlantic - I remember hearing you could buy a fibre link from Europe to the US for $1 plus a bit of debt)?
2) I know Google has loads of money but $300mln plus anciliary costs for a link does not seem to make economic sense (considering they would require a backup link should the gremlins attack again)
Anyway sorry for the ramble...
"What about dark cable"... This might exist, but it is largely on landmasses, not between them. Contrary to popular believe you cannot put bandwidth in a container and send it elsewhere.
Undersea cables between US and UK/Europe might be two-a-penny, but the bandwidth in the pacific is relatively tight. The pacific is also quite hostile to cable maintenance (earthquakes, depth etc) making upkeep expensive.
The costs of installing a cable are high, and per Mbit data costs are dropping. Thus it is hard for the backbone providers to justify adding more cable and trying to make a profit from that.
Google realises that increasing internet usage increases their profits: a rising tide raises all ships, but Google's ship is growing faster than others. A $300M investment will probably pay off quite quickly for Google.
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